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My son has purple circular spots in his ear and they r spreading up onto his scalp as time goes by? Help.

My son has purple circular spots in his ear and they r spreading up onto his scalp as time goes by? Help.

See your doc: Describing dermatologic phenomenon is an exercise in futility. I would take him in and have these looked at. There are a number of innocent possibilities, and a few not so innocent, but a trained professional can identify them readily. ...Read more

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Hello, I just noticed today that I have 4-8 circular purple spots on my right ear, but it doesn't hurt & no pain. Should I go to the doctor?

Hello, I just noticed today that I have 4-8 circular purple spots on my right ear, but it doesn't hurt & no pain. Should I go to the doctor?

? probably: If the spots go away within the week, then no worries, It could have been a dermal allergic reaction. If they persist however, or grow rapidly, you need to see a dermatologist. It is probably benign, but you don't want a melanomatous process to get started. ...Read more

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I notice that my husband has a small purple spot on his earlobe. Should this be of concern........or is it a hickey.?

I notice that my husband has a small purple spot on his earlobe. Should this be of concern........or is it a hickey.?

Purple spot: If it is a single small purple spot it is likely a type of benign nevus or hemangioma. A hickey would generally be at least 2-3 cm in diameter, and that is not "small" by dermatologic standards. If it gets larger, changes colors, etc, it should be examined and possibly biopsied by a physician. ...Read more

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The bottom of my earlobe is purple it don't hurt, itch, burn, or a no bump

The bottom of my earlobe is purple it don't hurt, itch, burn, or a no bump

No: No nodule? No pain? No itching? No skin irregularity? No trauma? The ENT doctors can add to this. I do not know the cause of your your purple earlobe. From an acupuncture standpoint, it may result from stagnant energy and blood. The ear is considered a microsystem which reflects the health of the body. Lesions on the ear often correspond to illness in specific areas or organs of the body. A medical acupuncturist can use a point finder to locate a specific point or points on your ear that are indicative of lack of health in the corresponding part of your body. It is remarkable how accurate aricular acupuncture can be. There are many doctors (md's and do's) in the United States who practice acupuncture. The practice of acupuncture has spread from both asia and europe to the us. ...Read more

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My two ear old's earlobe was red and swollen for two weeks and now it turned purple with a small grey/pale area in the middle. What can this be?

My two ear old's earlobe was red and swollen for two weeks and now it turned purple with a small grey/pale area in the middle. What can this be?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I had a pimple on my ear lobe that is painful and the back of my earlobe is dark purple?

I had a pimple on my ear lobe that is painful and the back of my earlobe is dark purple?

See below: Inclusion cysts are common in earlobe. Occasionally they get infected. See ENT doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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I have a bruise and a knot under the skin on my earlobe. It is sore. I am not sure what it could be. It is reddish purple color and it is swollen?

I have a bruise and a knot under the skin on my earlobe. It is sore. I am not sure what it could be. It is reddish purple color and it is swollen?

Reddish purple knot: What you are describing may be a bruise, a vascular lesion or a small skin infection. Best to have your primary care provider or ENT specialist examine you to determine how best to treat and resolve it. ...Read more

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My husbands right earlobe was purplish red. Should I be concerned?

My husbands right earlobe was purplish red. Should I be concerned?

Multicolored ear lob: Your husband may have traumatized his ear lobe giving it, its purple red color. ...Read more

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The inside of my ear is purple and I have acne on it. What's going on?

The inside of my ear is purple and I have acne on it. What's going on?

See a doctor: The doctor can look with an otoscope and see what you are describing. Acne pustules can occur in that area and she will be able to prescribe medication for you. If it is an abscess your doctor will be able to incise and drain the pus as well as start you on medication. If it is hair that grew backwards she will be able to treat the folliculitis and possibly drain the pus.. ...Read more

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I was hit in the ear yesterday now my ear has turned a purple color. Iam am icing it about every hour is their any thing else I should do?

I was hit in the ear yesterday now my ear has turned a purple color. Iam am icing it about every hour is their any thing else I should do?

Yes: You should probably seek medical attention promptly. Collection of blood in the cartilage of the ear can cause permanent deformity if not treated properly leading to "Cauliflower ear" often seen in boxers. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I hit my ear and now it hurts really bad and it's turning purple from the top. Is that bad? What should I do?

I hit my ear and now it hurts really bad and it's turning purple from the top. Is that bad? What should I do?

Most likely not: Some bleeding in the ear loob, just clean it and apply cold compresses on it if got bigger you have to see the doctor. ...Read more

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My ear got pierced two days ago and it now has a purple ring around it. I really don't want it to close up. Is it the marker they used to dot it?

My ear got pierced two days ago and it now has a purple ring around it. I really don't want it to close up. Is it the marker they used to dot it?

Exam necessary: It is hard to say what is causing this purple ring without examining it. It could be from the marker or from bleeding and a possible infection. I suggest you have your ear examined at a clinic as soon as possible to be on the safe side. Treatment may be necessary. ...Read more

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My head feels soft and mushy plus bumps are appearing and it feels like somethings in there crawling. Plus my left ear turns purple every now n then?

My head feels soft and mushy plus bumps are appearing and it feels like somethings in there crawling. Plus my left ear turns purple every now n then?

Bumps on head: MAY be sebaceous cysts, which are common on head, neck, and shoulders. You need to see your doctor to be certain. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have a lump behind my ear, for the last 2 months it's abit purple. It's painless?

I have a lump behind my ear, for the last 2 months it's abit purple. It's painless?

Lump behind ear: This may be a cutaneous or subcutaneous lesion. If it's purple, it may be a vascular lesion. However, with limited information and no ability to examine the area, further guidance is difficult. See your primary care doctor and get referred to an ENT surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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I ate large quantity of beets and my urine turned purple for a day. I just noticed purple ear wax on my headphones. Is that even possible?

I ate large quantity of beets and my urine turned purple for a day. I just noticed purple ear wax on my headphones. Is that even possible?

Way cool!: So, tried answering question earlier, but had tech error. "Beeturia, " the change in your urine, is common. Since the dye from the beet travels through your entire bloodstream, it makes total sense you would secrete it in new earwax. Then I thought, "wow, what would it do to the brain? " So I net surfed & found that's exactly how the blood-brain barrier was discovered! The dye can't penetrate it! ...Read more

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I have a painful purple bump the size of a very large pimple in my ear near the cartilage. What could this possibly be?

I have a painful purple bump the size of a very large pimple in my ear near the cartilage. What could this possibly be?

Painful=infection: It may have started a an obstructed pore/follicle now infected...skin discoloration and painful lesion may be indicative of MRSA cellulitis/abscess formation...get seen by doctor the may decide to open it drain it and culture the discharge to identify the bacteria...good luck ...Read more

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Found little spider veins on ear lobes. 52 yoa. No pattern not many but they are there, purple. Maybe a few elsewhere.. Is this normal?

Spider veins: Spider veins are dilated blood vessels that can occur anywhere as you get older. Sun exposure and trauma such as pinching the skin can make them more common. Some families seem to get more of these and they are most noticeable in light-skined people. ...Read more

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Just discovered toddler top of ear and towards back is very bruised looking- its bright red, purple and black. Didn't hurt it that I know. Doesn't hurt?

Probably a bruise: Toddlers have a high tolerance for pain and are constantly injuring themselves so he may not have noticed a bruised ear. If you have any suspicions that he may have been abused or if the marks do not fade you take him to your physician. ...Read more

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I have purple veins behind my right ear all coming from one spot. It is also a bit painful, what could this be?

I have purple veins behind my right ear all coming from one spot. It is also a bit painful, what could this be?

Incompetent vein: It is hard to say without seeing it but this is often due to a small vein that has leaking valves. This causes it to have too much pressure and the smaller veins connected to it enlarge. It can be treated quickly with a 940nm laser. ...Read more